December 19, 2014

No Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe (aka If you’re in a HUGE pinch dessert)

Nov16
Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Cookies - if you think you can eat just one, you'd be wrong

Over 20 years ago, I received my handy dandy Recipes for Youth Group Survival cookbook. Yes, as a junior and senior high youth director, my high school kids wanted to make sure I knew some of their favorite Desserts for Teens and […]

Easy Homemade Bisquick (Baking Mix)

Sep3
Easy Homemade Baking Mix (aka Bisquick)

There’s a reason that Bisquick has been one of America’s favorite convenience products since 1930. It allows us to not only whip up fresh biscuits in minutes, but pizza crust, coffee cakes, pancakes, waffles and my fall favorite –  Homemade […]

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Apr2
5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

I’ll never forget the first month I sent our 17 year old son to public school. Homeschooled since Kindergarten, but needing to be on a public school football team to receive scholarship offers, it was a whole new world. Now, […]

2 Ingredients: Too Good to Be True Homemade Biscuits

Sep19
2 Ingredient Homemade Biscuits

When you live in the south, it gets quite confusing. There are lots of aunts and uncles around our homestead. We have “real” aunts and uncles and then there are those aunts and uncles you just stumble upon. You know […]

Fun Family Food Ideas: Make some Foodimals

Sep9
Fun Food Ideas for your Kids

Have you ever seen the movie,  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? It  inspired wonderful memories and lots of food fun in my house. My mind goes back in time. Skipping off the bus, I run to our front door, […]

When Your Child Decides to Go Vegetarian

Aug26
When Your Child Decides to Go Vegetarian

The Protein Challenge I have often described my teenage daughter as a party looking for a place to happen. She’s lighthearted and funny, and her interests can change as often as the weather. So when she popped into the kitchen […]

Treats Teens Love (Share Yours)

Jul29
Teen Treats Love @beautyandbedlam

Fresh out of college, I dove right into my role as Director of Music and Youth at our local church.  My days were spent working on music and my evenings kept me incredibly young as I shared life together with […]

Thanksgiving “No Need to Bake” Cookie & Treat Ideas

Nov8
Turkey cookie

It’s that time of year when our ovens typically go on over drive, and we find ourselves baking around the clock. Why not take a break from baking, gather the kids,  and create some adorable Thanksgiving cookies and treats? Every […]

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings – Just Like Mama’s

Mar28
Chicken and Dumplings in Crock pot

What is it that draws us all to go ‘ole comfort food? When our family has bowls of these super easy, Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings in front of us, we do a collective sigh. Well, I do, my teens […]

Easiest Ever Homemade Tootsie Rolls (so much better than the “real” thing)

Feb2
Easiest Ever Homemade Tootsie Rolls

I know it’s hard to believe, but I have never liked Tootsie Rolls. Does that aline itself as an American travesty? Is that similar to snubbing All American Apple Pie and Baseball?  If it is, then I have found the […]

Cheesy Chicken (3 ingredients)

Jan21
3 Ingredient Cheesey Chicken

When I first got married, I was continually looking for easy and quick recipes that caused my hubby to think I might possibly know what I was doing in the kitchen. Quite ironically, it’s eighteen years later, and I still […]

The Perfect Gift: Your Family’s Treasured Recipes

Dec21
Family Recipe Album

The Perfect Gift: Your Family’s Treasured Recipes As Christmas approaches, kitchens far and near bustle with the sights, smells and tastes that tantalize our senses. Even now, I can close my eyes and smell Grandma’s pumpkin bars. She’s been gone […]

Cooking with the Kids: Fun Kid Foods

Jun24
Making Fun Kid Foods

It’s summer time, and with that comes the necessity to be a bit more creative with your cooking for the kids.  Just because the kids are home all day doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun by tweaking typical recipes […]

The Worst Cook in America – Cooking with Kids

Jan10

Our seven year old daughter is metamorphosing into a regular ole”foodie.” I’ve walked into our room three different times this week and she has been engrossed in the Food Network. I guess if your child sneaks TV without permission, at […]

It’s Not Just About the Cooking…

Aug31
collage cooking wkids

Day in and day out, we desire to instill character in our children. Day in and day out, it’s a challenge that is worth it. I reflected on my time  in the kitchen this past week, and realized that the […]